News bites: Bye-bye, 'doc fix'; flexible health reform; and more

House Republicans have no plans to unlink the Medicare "doc fix" from the rest of the payroll tax package, Bloomberg reports.

HHS's decision to give states broad leeway to pick the benefits offered under the federal healthcare law is another example of the administration's gradualist approach to carrying out the law, The New York Times reports.

Poisoning — mostly by legal and illegal drugs — is now the leading cause of death from injuries in the U.S., says the National Center for Health Statistics.

HHS launches "care at home" demonstrations for Medicare patients.

The National Academy of Social Insurance examines the range of health insurance exchange options states can opt for along a continuum from entirely state-operated to entirely federally operated.